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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    By "built on less" I meant less than a photo of someone in the act of committing the crime. That could be an eyewitness. But murder convictions based on circumstantial evidence only are hardly unusual. A few murder convictions even happen without an actual dead body proving the victim is dead. Here's a case I know of off the top of my head:

    Thomas J. Capano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Interesting case, but it seems that was based on a multiple confessions, not quite "built on less". Though it was nice to see a powerful figure go down for the crime they committed.

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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    The problem is that digital evidence is very unreliable when it's the ONLY evidence you have of wrong-doing.

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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    The problem is that digital evidence is very unreliable when it's the ONLY evidence you have of wrong-doing.
    Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. Photos carry with them more than just the photo. For instance, information called metadata is stored in JPGs which can give you the date the picture was taken, and from what camera it was taken. And while electronic evidence is easy to alter if you know how, most alterations can be observed by the trained eye or there is some record of the alteration/original. Just like when you delete something off your hard drive, it's not really gone when you hit DELETE or empty your recycle bin, anyone that knows how can recover data from even a physically destroyed hard drive.

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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    Quote Originally Posted by EpicDude86 View Post
    Interesting case, but it seems that was based on a multiple confessions, not quite "built on less". Though it was nice to see a powerful figure go down for the crime they committed.
    Like I said, "built on less" meant less than a picture showing him in the act of killing her.

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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Like I said, "built on less" meant less than a picture showing him in the act of killing her.
    Ahhhhh ok.

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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    Quote Originally Posted by vauge View Post
    WTF!?

    Is it ok for the police to use facebook and other social websites to *enforce* the law? I think this is a privacy issue.

    What do you think?
    Is it illegal to drink non-alcoholic beer?
    How did the cops know the beer had alcohol in it?

    Obviously this kid isn't a law student.

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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    Is it illegal to drink non-alcoholic beer?
    How did the cops know the beer had alcohol in it?

    Obviously this kid isn't a law student.

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    And a photo is only circumstantial evidence.

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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    Great excuse for the cops to hang out at Facebook all day!

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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    Sounds to me like the OP is what they call "entrapment". Something not allowed to cops. Which is why they can no longer hide behind big billboards waiting for someone to go speeding past them.
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    Re: Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Sounds to me like the OP is what they call "entrapment".
    It's not at all entrapment. Entrapment is when the cops get you to do something illegal that you wouldn't do if they hadn't lured you into it. The cops did nothing at all to entice the guy to do something illegal. He just did it all on his own, and posted it for the world to see.

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